Author, editor, and former columnist. Art Institute of Chicago publications contributor. Consumer relations consultant.
MA New Arts Journalism, SAIC
BA Communications and Rhetoric, UIUC
Meet a Giving Artist
A slender, wide-eyed young man springs onto the stage of the Park West Theater in Chicago and spirals into a double-pirouette pencil turn. Painted white from head-to-toe, the movement of his frame resembles that of a flower petal whipped up by a breeze. But Corey Bishop, is in fact a Greek Statue and prompted by a musical cue, he transitions to a rhythmic staccato routine demonstrating great physical strength and attentiveness to his precise pantomimes. Suddenly he freezes and reaches for a curtain which he quickly peels away revealing a naked Mona Lisa. In a flutter, the 24 year-old actor collapses sharply to the stage floor where he is veiled in a curtain of black lace.
It isn’t too often that a deadly pandemic suddenly sweeps the planet, upending all of human life as we know it... In late March, 2020, with Covid rapidly spreading in the US and forcing the shutdown of life as we know it, I found myself alone in my downtown apartment, isolated, and terrified by everything that was happening. Upcoming travel plans for the tropics were cancelled. Grasping the magnitude of what was happening and seeing it unfold before my eyes felt like living a nightmare. I spent hours and days reading and hoping for better news, but none came. For some reason, or maybe actually just some heavier-than-normal substance (abuse), I decided that I needed to change my situation for the better. It was up to me to be the change that I wanted to see in the world! So I did what few, if any - and certainly none that I knew - would ever do to make proverbial lemonade out of lemons. This time, my friends were not around to talk me out of it either.